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Lindemans Kriek | Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
1,278 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Kriek Foudroyante

Added by Quaffer on 07-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,388
Reviews:
535
Ratings:
1,278
pDev:
13.51%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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51
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Photo of handmuffin
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours ruby red with large startling pink head that genuinely looks like cotton candy. First aroma after removing the cork is bright sour and acidity, like red wine vinegar. That aroma fades very quickly after pouring, replaced by a very strong cherry smell, like cherry pie filling. No hop or malt aroma is detectable. The flavor is even more cherry upfront, with a mild barnyard funk and sour acidity in the back, very reminiscent of the freshly uncorked aroma. Sweet finish with no hop flavor or bitterness detectable. Surprisingly full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall this beer is interesting. I had read that Lindemans fruited lambics were too sweet or overly artificial tasting, and while I do agree it is rather sweet and the cherry flavor could be interpreted by some as medicinal, neither are so egregious as to make the beer unenjoyable. The sweetness pairs well with the sour and cherry flavor to produce an effect similar to eating fresh tart cherries. The underlying barnyard and horse blanket flavors and aromas that peak out suggest a legitimate lambic component to the beer, very similar to Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvee Rene. In summary, this may be too sweet and overly fruited to be a traditional kriek, but it is still a complex and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Garnet color with substantial and lasting pink, frothy head. Persistent lacing.
S: Cherry and anise.
T: Cherry, caramel, molasses. Tartness substantially offsets the sweetness to very good effect.
M: Light bodied, effervescence passes quickly.
O: Very enjoyable: dessert, not the main course.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of The_Bujon
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A great beverage, but does fall into my 'is it beer' category.

That aside, reviewing purely on its individual merits;

Appearance is very like a fruit juice from concentrate, and really has you in the frame of mind for drinking a soft drink.

Aroma is great, cherry bliss, and again you're thinking full blow fruit juice here.

The taste is good, a bit on the sweet side, and no sense of any alcohol at all.

There is a little fizz on the tongue and boom its gone in a flash, leaving no aftertaste which is surprising.

As with this type of beer I would prefer more abv and a little less sweetness, but for what it is, it is pretty good.

You'll either love it or hate it.

...small adjustment, as I continue on, the beer is starting to leave a powdery coating to my teeth and tongue, so knocked down the feel by 0.25

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eerdenk
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of redsoxjim
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DarthVorador
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Alupin
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours ruby red with a dense creamy frothy pink foam head. Smells like cherry juice, oak, funky hay, tart cherries, green apple, with earthy herbal hops. Tastes like sweet and tart cherries, green apple, oak, funky hay, with earthy herbal hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice kriek.

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Photo of muswellbeerbelly
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KStark
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TomMorris
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SerpentX
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Lambic beer I have tried. Very, very sweet tasting with strong cherry taste, in fact, the cherry taste almost dominates the whole beer. Good carbonation and has a sticky (sugary?) feel with a clean finish and no hops taste whatsoever. Almost felt like drinking a carbonated cherry drink-- but it was refreshing indeed. Judging from the feel I'm just not sure if what I drank was a beer or not.

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of adip
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sweeter than I hoped but a touch sour at least. The cherryness really screams at you. If only it weren't so sweet. Hmm, certainly not one of the best krieks out there.

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Lindemans Kriek from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,278 ratings
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